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Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | 20 comments

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s December Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.” As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by beautiful paper and beautiful ribbons – how clever! We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I’m not really sure what my card has to do with the theme of this month’s Inking Royalty Blog Hop, Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons.  This is what I know.  This song brings up memory of record players (the big furniture type), Elvis, Willie, and that wandering thought as a child “why do adults love such a sad sounding song at Christmas”. Side note, my sweet Granny always claimed to be kin to Elvis…

What I decided to do for y’all was completely change plain white watercolor paper with a little ink, embossing, stamps, and watercolors.

The holidays are always full of the hustle and bustle of the season that we forget to relax and just enjoy the moment.  Making Christmas Cards helps me to stop, breath, and just be.  How???

Well, by breaking each set of cards down into easy steps….compleating one step at a time. So, I do all my cutting at one time, I make all my card Bases at once, I stamp all at once, then color, and so on and so on…in the end I have a set of completed Christmas Cards

For today’s card my first step was to stamp and heat emboss the ornaments from the Beautiful Baubles Stamp Set.  The second step was particularly relaxing. Using some of my favorite watercolors, I loosely and sloppily watercolor each ornament. I did this over Thanksgiving weekend.  Watching football and watercolor was just a perfect combination. People who know me know, I very rarely create while watch tv.  But, I do enjoy repetitive creating while watching football

The next step was to fussy cut the ornaments out.  Fussy cutting is another very relaxing process.  Just get your paper snips and the paper and cut away.  It really is something you can do while enjoying the lights of the tree or watching your favorite Christmas Movie.

The next step was to watercolor backgrounds.  I have been in love with the Daniel Smith watercolor for a while now. One of my favorite combinations this holiday has been Sap Green, Ultramarine Turquoise, and Ultramarine Blue.  So, one night I sat down with a glass of wine, a good podcast, Christmas lights, watercolored backgrounds,  relaxed and enjoyed the process

The next step was to heat emboss the edges.  Heat embossing to me is a perfect morning activity.  Just me my coffee versa mark ink, embossing powder and a heat gun. No taking or communicating needed Just simply completing a task…

After finishing the heat embossing It was time to assemble the cards.  I normally take all my watercolor panels and stick them under a stack of cook books on top of my refrigerator. That’s where they will stay for several days. This helps flatten them out . But, with Holiday creating and life who has time for that??? So, instead I used the multipurpose adhesive sheets. I cut strips of the sheets and added it to the back of each watercolor panel!! Then popped the ornament up with dimensionals.  The very last step was to add the pretty bow. I went with the prettiest bakers twine I have ever seen…Sliver and Pool Party….swoon

Each bauble and each background is unique!! I have not decided if these guys will stand on their own or if I will add a sentiment on the front as well.  What do you guys think????

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sue Jackson, at Just Peachy Stamping.  There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

 If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  8. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  9. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  11. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Thank you for stopping by today!!! I would like to wish each of peace and Happiness in the New Year!

Merry Christmas to you all

Jennifer

We are Family…

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Buffalo Paid, Cambridge Christmas, Itty Bitty Greetings, We are Family | 14 comments

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “We are Family.” As you might guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by family – we have a wide variety of projects today! We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

One of my favorite family Christmas memory is going to a tree farm to select our tree.  We had always had artificial trees as long as I could remember. So having a live tree that we picked out was extra special.

When I was thinking about what I wanted to share with you guys, the Cambridge Christmas and Buffalo Plaid stamps came to mind.

Cambridge Christmas stamp set

Cambridge Christmas stamp set

I know exactly what I wanted!! A beautiful rich red (Cherry Cobbler) and Black buffalo Plaid with tha tree stamp from Cambridge Christmas!  Perfect!! I could just see the card!!!!!

Buffalo Plaid stamp set

Buffalo Plaid stamp set

Here’s where things went kinda astray.  I have been in the middle of moving for a few months. All my stamping goodness is packed away in boxes.  Anyway, needless to say I could not find my Buffalo Plaid stamp set anywhere.  🙈😲😱 What’s a girl to do??? In looking for the stamp set I did run across some old (definitely retired, or so old it might not be Stampin’ Up!  ,not really sure where this paper came from) Plaid paper that would work!!! Yeppie….now exactly where is that Buffalo Plaid stamp????

  • The color combination is Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Basic Black .
  • Stamp sets Cambridge Christmas, Buffalo Plaid(???), and Itty Bitty Wishes
  • The tree was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Very Vanilla. Then colored with Stampin’ Blends( Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede)
  • The sentiment was stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed with black embossing powder
  • The final touch was the Cherry Cobbler bow. The bakers twine is part of the Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine pack

My next card came to me during the night Monday. So of course Tuesday morning I got my coffee and made this card before work.  The idea was a snowy day picking out the family tree.

  • The first step was to make the background of snow. To do this, I painted Frost White Shimmer Paint on Pool Party Paper.  After it dried , I used the Blizzard Thinlet Die to create the background
  • The Tree was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White ..and then Colored with the Stampin’ Blends
  • After the stamping and coloring was finished, I fussy cut the top half of the tree and then made a snow bank
  • The next step was to go back in and add some shadows and snow .The shadows were added using pool party and light Smoky Slate. Then I used a colorless blender to fade it all out
  • The snow was created by adding flicks of Frost White Paint. If you look close at the bottom you can see where I had a huge snow flake and tried to fix it .  I found it was much easier to use a tinny paint brush and dot the snow on that way

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Nina King at Ink Paper Sequins . There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

   If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Allison Okamitsu at Nice People Stamp
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

I hope you will continue to hop along with my wonderful Stamping Family! They truly are my creative muse and I know you will love what they create as much as I do!!

Peace my friends-

Jennifer